BVA seeks input to consultation on defining “Under Our Care”

The BVA has formed an ‘Under Our Care’ working group which is now calling on all veterinary surgeons to give their input as the Association develops its response to the controversial RCVS review of the definition of ‘under care’, in particular how it relates to the issue of telemedicine and remote prescribing.

The Working Group, which was formed in January, is chaired by Nigel Gibbens and composed of representatives from BVA specialist divisions and affiliate groups, and others with relevant expertise and knowledge.

The RCVS review will potentially have a far-reaching impact on the future of the veterinary profession, animal health and welfare, and the relationships vets have with their clients. It is therefore hugely important that the BVA’s response represents the opinions and evidence of as many people in the profession as possible.

Information about the BVA Working Group, including the minutes of meetings held so far and the ‘themes’ document which reflects the group’s current thoughts, can be found here: and is freely accessible.

Nigel said: “I encourage you to look at this information carefully, and feed in any evidence that you wish the group to consider along with your thoughts on the content of the BVA response to the RCVS. You can do this via BVA’s Head of Policy & Governance Amelia Findon ( who will ensure that comments are collated and considered by our group.

“The breadth of opinion across the profession means that the BVA response cannot please everyone, nor should it attempt to. However, it will be based on available evidence and a good understanding of the full scope of views. BVA policy will thus reflect the majority view whilst embracing the positive potential of technological innovations that will inevitably change the way we interact with clients. I urge you to take the time to consider the implications and let us have your thoughts.”

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